On May 30, a federal judge in Illinois sentenced a former top-level member of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel to 15 years in prison. The defendant previously testified against infamous drug lord "El Chapo."
On May 21, an Illinois deputy was taken into custody on a warrant for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. The deputy, who is employed with Peoria County Patrol, had reportedly been on administrative leave beginning on February 22.
At the end of March, a former Illinois police lieutenant was charged with six crimes, including possession of controlled substances. He left the Joliet Police Department in late 2018.
On March 17, an Illinois man was arrested on drug charges during a safety checkpoint conducted by officers with the Palatine Police Department. Reportedly, authorities raided the defendant's home days earlier, finding cocaine and other drugs.
On March 4, three people were taken into custody for drug charges after a traffic stop in Illinois. The incident occurred at approximately 1:55 p.m. in Warsaw.
A Lake County traffic stop on the morning of Feb. 19 ended in the arrest of a known gang member for multiple charges related to drug possession and intention to distribute illicit substances. The local gang task force overseen by the Lake County Sheriff's Office was responsible for the arrest of the 22-year-old male. He had already been identified as a potential affiliate of a local gang by the sheriff's office before the arrest.
On Feb. 4, police officers arrested a man for allegedly having drugs and drug equipment in his possession. The incident took place at a gas station in Joliet at approximately 7:50 a.m.
Drugs like marijuana, heroin and prescription medications have the potential to cause serious harm to teenagers in Illinois and elsewhere who use them. When a negative event occurs, like an overdose or arrest, teenagers increasingly face the possibility of being prosecuted as drug traffickers. Supplying drugs opens the door to serious drug charges even when people do not charge any money for the drugs.
A 37-year-old man who already had a long history within the Illinois Department of Corrections was arrested on Dec. 27 after police in Dixon searched his home. He had been out on parole since February 2016, but a news release from the Dixon police stated that law enforcement officers found a semi-automatic handgun and 100 grams of cocaine in his Dixon apartment. The court set his bond at $75,000, and he awaits a hearing.
Illinois fans of rapper Ty Dolla $ign may have heard that he could be sentenced to 15 years in prison. On Dec. 10, he was indicted by a grand jury on charges of misdemeanor possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, felony possession of THC and felony possession of cocaine.